Everything You Need To Consider When Planning A Winter Wedding with Quendon Hall
Everything You Need To Consider When Planning A Winter Wedding with Quendon HallPublished: 14 January 2020
It would seem that winter weddings are underrated, with summer being the most popular time to say ‘I Do’. In 2018, 15% of couples celebrated their love for one another in July, which increased to 17% in August. Did you know that as little as 3% of couples tie the knot in December (and just 2% in January!)? But, there’s so much magic to be discovered booking your wedding this time of year. The nights may be darker, and the weather may be crisper, but the sparkles are brighter - the season of romance doesn’t have to be put on hold! In the winter, not only will a merry atmosphere fill the air, wedding dates are available at a lower cost, so if you are considering a winter wedding, we say go for it! They’re truly magical and unforgettable for everyone around, and you can deliver something out of the ordinary for you and your guests. We must confess that winter weddings are not necessarily as straightforward as a summer wedding, as there are some additional considerations like lighting, warmth, clothing and more to factor into your planning. However, fear not! Wedding specialists, The Tabor Group, are here to make sure you fall in love with this special time of year, helping you to organise a smooth and stress-free winter wedding for everyone to enjoy. Perfect your special day and create memories that will last a lifetime using our winter wedding guide.
Shades of the Season - Christmas Wedding Colour Schemes: Before setting your heart on a colour scheme, be sure to decide on your wedding day theme, making sure it matches the venue as this will help make planning your wedding colours easier. If you are planning your wedding around the festive period, don’t feel the pressure to stick to traditional Christmas colour schemes such as green and red. We recommend stepping outside of the box and trying a different winter wedding colour scheme, ranging from incorporating sparkly metallics and festive hues to winter pastels, adding the essence of winter into your wedding day. Here are some beautiful hues worth considering: ● Black, white & gold ● Berry pinks ● Burgundy ● White & grey ● Metallics ● Reds & Pinks ● Emerald greens Whatever shades of colour you decide, your wedding theme will be sure to pop, setting the atmosphere of your winter wedding perfectly. Don’t stop there and consider incorporating your dedicated colour scheme into other elements of your wedding, from clothing to flowers and much more. Simply personalise your wedding attire by adding accents of colour. Groomsmen could wear a coloured suit in navy or burgundy, or be more subtle with the addition of a colour tie, waistcoat and a handkerchief. Brides may stick to the traditional route of wearing a white dress, but add an accent of colour with their accessories, shoes and floral arrangements. Aside from colours, we are entering the season of sparkle! If you love glitter as much as we do, a winter wedding could be calling you, as it’s the perfect opportunity to add a bit of glitz and glam to your special day to get you and your guests in the mood for a celebration. Winter Wedding Decor: ‘Tis the season for wedding wreaths, baubles, glitter and more. Bring the festive spirit to your wedding day with some festive wedding decorations. Before you start planning the wedding decor, be sure to check what your wedding venue is planning during the festive period. Just like many wedding venues, Quendon Hall unearths the festivities with beautiful, traditional Christmas decorations throughout, adding a sense of homeliness with a decorated Christmas tree, luxurious green wreaths and more. As the smell of fresh pine fills the air, picture a scattering of snow covering the beautiful landscaped gardens & acres of picturesque deer park, leftover from a recent snowfall. If you’re keen to add even more dreamy, romantic touches to your winter wedding, don’t hold back as there’s plenty of decorative additions to accompany your theme. These winter wedding decorative ideas will be the icing on the cake for your special day. Light up your love: Winter Wedding Lighting - Lighting is everything when it comes to a winter wedding. As the evenings draw in sooner, there’s less natural light available. However, fear not couples, as this is a great opportunity to get creative and use different types of lighting to add a real personal touch to your day. We highly recommend thinking about what time it is likely to get dark, so visit your chosen venue at night to see what it will look like on your special day. Venues like Quendon Hall offer a beautiful starlight ceiling, giving you the perfect, romantic setting while the stars twinkle as you enjoy your wedding breakfast or complete your first dance as a married couple: could a winter wedding be more magical? If you’re looking to add additional sparkle to the venue, illuminate up your wintery wedding theme and soften the atmosphere with candles, or be more inventive with special lighting features, like stand-out L.O.V.E lettering and twinkly backdrops - the possibilities are endless. Bringing The Outside In: Get back to nature and bring the outside indoors. During the wintertime, picture beautiful evergreen branches, vibrant berries and pinecones scattered across the tables to create divine winter wedding centrepieces. Or, if your style leans more on glamour and opulence, this is your moment to overindulge in sleek elegance, candles, statement florals and chandeliers decorated with foliage - your guests will stop to look in awe!
A Little Gift For Your Guests Whether your guests have been naughty or nice this year, thank them for attending your wedding and sharing your big day, with a little party favour waiting for them at their seat. Not only do you want to provide favours that your guests will love, but it’s also always nice to tie them in with the overarching theme of your winter wedding. If you are looking to continue the Christmas spirit within your favours, why not opt for one of these alternative suggestions: ● Personalised baubles ● Christmas crackers ● Candles ● Chocolate coins There is no right or wrong option when it comes to wedding favours some couples prefer to give a little something to remember their day and which guests can keep and treasure in years to come. Whereas others prefer to hand out personalised gifts or tasty treats: the choice is ultimately yours. Let’s Eat, Drink & Be Merry - Winter Wedding Menus From canapes to the big event, a winter wedding is a perfect time to eat, drink and be merry with your loved ones by your side. It’s the perfect opportunity to overindulge with appetising comfort food and warming winter drinks that will undeniably get your taste buds tingling. Most venues like Quendon Hall will deliver creative winter menus consisting of hearty soups, roasted root vegetables, perfectly carved meats and hot desserts. When hosting a winter wedding, use the chilly weather to your advantage and greet your guests with a classic mug of mulled wine, Winter Pimms, or Christmas cocktails on arrival. Be spoilt for choice with some fantastic canapes, from mince pies to mini hearty soups. And for the main event, your eyes will delight as you tuck into some delicious winter warmers during your wedding breakfast; a succulent roast joint served with root vegetables and roasted chestnuts, followed by a hearty pud. Get ready for your very own Christmas banquet knowing your guests’ tummies will be satisfied, happy and warm as they party on into the night. You can even add a festive element to your wedding cake, from subtle touches like seasonal greenery embellishment, berries and woodland features, or go all out and deliver three tasty tiers of festivity, as you create a show-stopping seasonal wedding cake. From a white snowy winter scene cake, candy cane or gingerbread theme - the opportunities are endless. Whichever you choose, you’ll be sure to make the wedding cake a focal point on your big day. Fall In Love With A Winter Wedding As we immerse ourselves into the winter season, one can expect bright fresh days, blinding blue and sun-filled skies, accompanied with a crisp breeze air that leaves you feeling peaceful and refreshed. Is there a day more beautiful to say ‘I Do’ to the love of your life? Nothing can beat the magic of a winter wedding adorned with festive elements colours, soft lighting, decorations and winter food and drink: there’s a lot to look forward to when planning a winter wedding. Following our advice, you’ll surely be in the mood to feel jolly, eat, drink and be merry with all your loved ones around you as you start a new life with your loved one. It’s time to start planning your winter wedding today with The Tabor Group wedding experts.
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